1. "Survey film" footage (1946-1947) shot by Richard Leacock and Robert Flaherty for Louisiana Story (1948)

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    Footage from The Louisiana Story Survey Film [(c)Flaherty Study Center], with audio from Flaherty Seminar discussions Director: Robert Flaherty Cinematographer: Richard Leacock Audio: Flaherty Seminars of 1958, 1963, and 1968 Assembly: Erik Piil, 2011 1946-1947, 28 min., HD video Screened at the The 2011 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar: SONIC TRUTH Programmed by Dan Streible How -- after surveying, shooting, and watching color film footage of the oil refineries emanating black smoke into the skies over southwestern Louisiana -- could Robert Flaherty make Louisiana Story as a poetic fantasy? and later describe its "inspiration" in this way? Screening at the seminar for the first time is this silent, color 16mm footage shot by Ricky Leacock. In preproduction, Flaherty studied locations for the sponsored film he was making for Standard Oil of New Jersey. With a $250,000 budget, the director could afford shooting color survey footage. As Leacock noted, "Bob" liked to shoot copious amounts of footage with no intended goal. Here we see monstrous oil refineries, derricks, marshes, bayou flora and fauna, and, occasionally, people. The Flaherty Study Center, Claremont School of Theology, houses the material. In 1976, the center copyrighted the title The Louisiana Story Survey Film. That work is simply an assemblage of most of the raw footage. All but one roll is Ansco brand stock, whose color has faded considerably. For the 2011 seminar, an admirer of Leacock's work, Russ Suniewick at Colorlab, did pro bono digital color-correction using the camera-original reversal prints. Erik Piil (NYU Bobst Library) assembled the resulting HD files for the seminar presentation, assisted by Walter Forsberg and Rufus de Rahm. Piil also researched, digitized, and edited the audio from The Flaherty's collection of seminar recordings. The 1958, 1963, and 1968 discussions of Louisiana Story and of Louisiana Story Study [not Survey] Film (George Amberg and Nicholas Cominos, 1962) include the voices of Frances Flaherty, Leacock, Amberg, Standish Lawder, Arnold Eagle (who shot the production stills for Louisiana Story), D. Marie Grieco, and others. === Rare color "survey film" footage (1946-1947) shot by Richard Leacock and Robert Flaherty prior to the production of Louisiana Story (1948). These Kodachrome and Anscochrome camera-originals are from the Robert and Frances Flaherty Study Center, located at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. Colorlab film laboratory performed pro bono color correction and output to high-definition video for the 2011 Flaherty Seminar. Audio recordings of the Robert Flaherty Seminar were found in the archives of International Film Seminars, Inc.; digitization was courtesy of the Barbara Goldsmith Conservation and Preservation Department, New York University Libraries.

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    • Mika Rottenberg Interviewed at The Flaherty Seminar 2010

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      Mika Rottenberg interviewed by Pawel Wojtasik about "non-preconception", her creative process and the relationship between filmmakers and gallery artists at the 2010 Flaherty Seminar at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. For more, visit http://www.flahertyseminar.org/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/flahertyseminar Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/flahertyseminar

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      • Lisa Stefanoff's whatyousee

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        I recently retrieved from a hard drive at NYU this small film, whatyousee, that I cut in 2001 from footage shot on an old Super 8 camera at the 2000 Flaherty Seminar. I'd been a student in the NYU Program in Culture & Media (1995-1998) and had experimented with videotaping fragments of Super 8 footage projected onto a wall in our equipment room. I used the same technique with this little piece, cutting it against a friend's hurdy-gurdy composition. I wanted to capture some of the oneiric states I'd fallen into as the fabulous days of Flaherty immersion and stimulation grew deeper and thicker. It's not difficult to see Harun Farocki (incredible and influential filmmaker), Sally Berger (MoMA film), Patty Zimmerman (scholar of home movies and memory and other good things), and I'm pretty sure also the lovely Irina Leimbacher (curator Flaherty 2009) in the film. You'll probably identify others too. As you can see from some of the effects used in the piece, I was playing with one of the first versions of Final Cut Pro. My dear NYU friends Cheryl Furjanic (Sync or Swim, 2008) and Camilla Nielsson (Mumbai Disconnected, 2009) helped me out with the new technology over a few late winter nights downtown at Waverly Place. Professor Fred Myers kindly didn't delete the file from one of his hard drives. I attended the brilliant Flaherty seminar only twice, in 2000 and 2001, but have wanted to make it back ever since returning from New York in 2002 to my home country Australia to work with Indigenous filmmakers at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association. I still live in Alice Springs, center of the vast interior desert and epicenter of desert filmmaking (Samson and Delilah 2009). This town might even be the (off-) center of the universe. I hope that we'll see something like the Flaherty here one year soon! -Lisa Stefanoff

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        • Flaherty Seminar 2011 Fellowship Drive

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          The Flaherty received over 120 fellowship applications this year for just 12 slots. We are seeking funds to help bring at least three additional fellows to the Seminar for a week of intensive viewing and impassioned discussion with 160 other filmmakers, students, programmers, writers, and film lovers. We are asking our friends and colleagues to DONATE to our annual fellowship drive so that additional filmmakers, students or film professionals will be able to attend the Seminar through our fellowship program! http://flahertyseminar.org/?sb=8&mb=3

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          • Kazuhiro Soda at The Flaherty 2011

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            Kazuhiro Soda at The Flaherty Film Seminar 2010, filmed by Pawel Wojtasik. www.flahertyseminar.org | www.laboratoryx.us | www.pawelwojtasik.com

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